The Most Expensive Handbags

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Ah, the handbag: The indispensable accessory that holds every single thing you need to survive the apocalypse! From the most famous handbag designers in the world - like Hermes, Fendi, and Chanel - come the most expensive purses ever and they could be yours... for a price.

What are the most expensive handbags? Expensive handbags are a staple for fashionistas - but some are definitely pricier than others. Made by some of the most famous brands and designers, the most expensive handbags can easily run into the thousands... even the tens of thousands and yes - the millions! Read on to learn more about some of the most expensive handbags ever. And start saving your pennies. Or $100 bills. You'll need them if you want one of these in your closet.

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    Hermes: Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag

    The Birkin: is it the "Holy Grail" of all handbags? For many, yes. Yes it is. The Birkin typically costs around $20k, but if you really want to splurge, go for the Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag. At a mere $120,000, it's much less expensive than Chanel's Diamond Forever. A bargain! The 10 carats of diamonds encrusted on the Birkin's hardware certainly add a nice bit of bling.

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    Chanel: Diamond Forever Bag

    Chanel bags are definitely pricey - even the lowest-priced bags run well into the hundreds of dollars. But they're nothing compared to the famed designer's "Diamond Forever" purse. This bag, which retails for $261,000, features more than 3.5 carats of diamonds. Oh, and the hardware? White gold.

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    Hermes: Special Order Horseshoe

    This beautiful bag defines color blocking. The starting bid on this bag at the 900-Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas was $7000. It ended up going for $35,000.  

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    Hermes: Ginza Tanaka Birkin Bag

    This bag comes with a diamond sling that can be worn as a bracelet or necklace, thus making it one of the most expensive two-in-one pieces of all time. (It's $1.9 million). For this beautiful piece Hermes partnered with iconic Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka. The bag is quite an expensive take on the traditional Birkin, combining platinum, 2,000 diamonds, and a pear-shaped 8-karat stone that can also be removed and worn as a brooch. 

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    Hermes: Himalayan Crocodile Birkin bag

    This bag is one part Nilo croc skin, one part white gold, and one part diamonds and comes in at $432,000. The color, which takes hours to complete, is meant to evoke the Himalayan mountains and pairs perfectly with 18-karat white gold hardware. Naturally, the hardware is studded with white diamonds.

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    Chanel: Croc Biarritz

    If you were willing to drop $43,150 on this oversized black crocodile skin tote, you would have been one of only eight in the world to own it. 

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    Hermes: Geranium Kelly Cut Clutch Bag

    Just because it's small, that doesn't mean it costs less. This Hermes Shiny Geranium Nilo Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with Permabrass Hardware was called 'the ultimate clutch' at the 900-Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas. Complete with rose gold detailing, it sold for $28,750. 

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    Hermes: Fuchsia Diamond-Encrusted Crocodile Skin Birkin Bag

    This Fuchsia Diamond-Encrusted Crocodile Skin Birkin Bag just became the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction at  £146,000, which equates to $226,555.50 US. An anonymous phone bidder snapped it up during a Christie's international handbags and accessories auction in Hong Kong. 

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    Leiber: Precious Rose

    Want to get more bling for your bucks? Check out Leiber's Precious Rose handbag. This tiny little thing features more than 42 carats of jewels, including diamonds (of course), pink sapphires and tiny tourmalines, giving it a lovely pink shade, all in the shape of a positively perfect flower. If you want this, know it's the ONLY one - so if you drop the $92,000 to get it, at least you know you won't see anyone else carrying it.

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    Hermes: Geranium Porosus

    This bag is so amazing it has its own feet! This one-of-a-kind Hermes handbag sold for $125,000 at the 900-Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas. Made of matte crocodile and Togo leather, it's believed to have been created in 2010 as part of a Hermes' Petit H Exhibition. The project sought to gather numerous rare materials and fabrics to be transformed into amazing pieces by the world's best craftsmen. We'd say this piece accomplished that goal. 

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    Leiber: Dandelion Suede Gator

    This bright dandelion bag could brighten any girl's day! This $15,000 has two external pockets and a clasp made of 18-carat gold just to make it even more stunning. Only four were made. 

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    Devi Kroell: Alligator Hobo

    Carry around your much less expensive laptop in this $28,990 hobo from Devi Kroell. There are even internal pockets to store your pens and pencils, and hundred dollar bills. The soft triangular shape gets its price because of the scales that are near-uniform in size. Not to mention that gorgeous golden color! 

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    Fendi: B. Bag

    Ah, Fendi. Any self-respecting high end handbag hoarder simply must have a Fendi B. Bag in heavy rotation. At $27,700, this gorgeous bag comes in white lambskin, black crocodile and several other designs. Beautiful!!!

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    Nancy Gonzalez: Porousus Bag

    This $30,000 is made with rare, almost uniformly scaled crocodile skin. You can also customize the color, skin, and hardware to match any of your ensembles.

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    Hilde Palladino: Gadino

    Looking for a less flashy, more simplistic design in your ridiculously expensive handbags line? Go for Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino's Gadino bag. At just under $38,500, this white bag features nearly 40 diamonds in the hardware - specifically, on the clasps. Yep, a steal right?

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    Marc Jacobs: Delray

    Big fan of Marc Jacobs handbags, you say? The Delray shoulder bag is a stunner. It retails for $2,350. Once you wait for the sticker shock to wear off, consider how truly gorgeous this bag is: Blush leather, spectacular pink pailette embellishment, gold hardware - just sublime! This one is worth hunting for - if you're in the market for a colorful bag to call your very own.

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    Lana Marks: Cleopatra

    As far as clutches go, they are often a bit less pricey than larger handbags. Not this clutch by Lana Marks, no no. The Cleopatra bag costs an astounding $100k. The jewel-encrusted, alligator clutch features approximately 1500 diamonds (including black diamonds). Definitely eye-catching. And expensive. You might want to handcuff this clutch to your wrist. Just in case.

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    Fendi: Selleria

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    Fendi definitely makes some of the world's most sought-after and expensive handbags, and the Selleria is no exception. At $38,000, the Fendi Selleria leather tote is hand sewn, with exquisite attention to detail.

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    Louis Vuitton: Urban Satchel

    Louis Vuitton takes a turn for the trash bin with this bag that's made of water bottles, cigarette packs, and chewing gum wrappers. Just make sure you don't accidentally throw this one in the garbage. It'd be like throwing away $120,000.  That's a whole 'nother meaning to dumpster diving. 

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    Marc Jacobs: Carolyn Crocodile

    Marc Jacobs makes some gorgeous handbags, no doubt. And some very, very expensive ones. The Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile comes to mind. At $30k, this crocodile bag was a hot, hot item a few years ago.

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